So You Want To Start A Side Hustle? Read This First!
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By Johanna Hyman johanna@jayaramlaw.com As a working mom I am keenly aware of the infamous “side hustle.” I have friends and colleagues with full time jobs that have another job on the side: everything from selling beauty products, sneakers, diet products, and clothes. While I applaud our clients that find time in their busy days to earn some extra dinero…

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Your Lawyer Should Understand You
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By Wendy Heilbut wendy@jayaramlaw.com In my work mentoring companies through the incubators with which I am involved, I often get the question, “what should I look for when hiring a lawyer?”  Let me first say, dear reader, hire me!  But okay, if you don’t want to hire me, or perhaps your needs are outside my area of expertise, I will…

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The Music Modernization Act and What it Means for You
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By Brett Manchel brett@jayaramlaw.com The Music Modernization Act (“MMA”) was signed into law on October 11, 2018. The law reflects bipartisan revisions to the Copyright Act, which had its last major overhauls some 20 years ago or so (copyright term extension and the DMCA).  Politically speaking, the MMA started off as a bit of a brawl, fueled by technologies and…

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GM and the Graffiti Copyright Quandary
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By Vivek Jayaram vivek@jayaramlaw.com The idea that graffiti is more of a crime than it is an artwork is dated.  However, copyright law continues to struggle with the issue of protectability as it relates to graffiti.  That said, a recent federal case seems to suggest that the courts are leaning towards finally accepting the notion that graffiti should be treated…

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Valuation Cap: What is it, and what does it mean?
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By Abe Wehbi abe@jayaramlaw.com One of the most common terms a Founder will hear during fund raising is “Valuation Cap.” Valuation caps are one of the most negotiated terms of any round of financing, so, getting familiar with that is it and what it means for your Company. To start, it is important to understand that a Valuation Cap IS…

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Client Spotlight: Kimberly Jung – Rumi Spice
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What is Rumi Spice?  We are a group of military veterans who served in Afghanistan who believe that peace is achieved through economic empowerment. Rumi Spice connects Afghan farmers to the international market through saffron, the world’s “Queen of Spices.” Your story is so inspiring.  How was Rumi Spice Formed?  Three of the cofounders: Keith, Kim and Emily all served…

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Phantom Marks – Registering Trademarks with Variable Elements
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By Doni Robinson doni@jayaramlaw.com A phantom mark is a mark which contains a variable element that changes depending on the use of the mark.  Phantom marks may contain a date, a geographic location or a model number. Generally speaking, a phantom mark is not a registrable mark because phantom marks do not function as one trademark. A trademark application must…

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Why You Should Register Your Copyright Immediately Upon Creation
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By Johanna Hyman johanna@jayaramlaw.com   Since copyright protection is automatic from the moment you create your work, registration is not required. However, it is common knowledge that a copyright holder cannot bring an infringement action under the Copyright Act without first having filed an application or obtaining a registration.[1] A lesser-known fact is that if you fail to register your…

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Shareholders’ Agreement – Is it Necessary?
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By Abe Wehbi abe@jayaramlaw.com Okay Founders, with incorporation complete, you are probably now eyeing down the packet of documents provided to you by your lawyer (Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Shareholders’ Agreement). While the Articles of Incorporation create the Company in Delaware, the Bylaws and Shareholders Agreement are provided for the more internal, day-to-day governance of the Company. Typically, along…

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Client Spotlight: Katy Lynch, Craig Ulliot & Dave Arel – Codeverse
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1. What is Codeverse? Codeverse is the world’s first fully interactive coding studio and educational technology platform for kids aged 6-13. Our mission is to teach a billion kids to code! 2. What problem is Codeverse solving? We believe that every kid should be set up for success as early as possible. We do this by equipping them with the…

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